With heavy hitters like Modern Warfare 2 and Assassin's Creed II out, gamers will undoubtedly miss out on some titles in 2009, not because they were bad titles, on the contrary they were great, but there's so much cash one has to spend on video games, and gamers already know beforehand the titles they'll purchase, and that's even before they see any reviews.
These 4 games were given good reviews, but you haven't played them, maybe you should do yourself a further and at least rent one:
Developed by Gearbox and published by Rockstar, the game was thought to be the sleeper hit of 2009 and indeed it has been a resounding success. A role-playing shooter, Borderlands takes the best gameplay aspects of RPGs and unite them with excellent controls. In your arsenal, there's everything you'll need and more, making it certain that your greater foes will be destroyed. Occasionally, the game requires grind, something some gamers might get frustrated with. But when said grind includes disseminating your enemy with endless ammo, I see no reason to complain.
Still, your interaction in Borderlands with characters in the game's world is bland and shallow, dreadfully reminding of generic FPS titles. However, despite the little kinks the game is great if you like both RPG and FPS games. Don't miss out on it.
Dragon Age: Origins -
PC gamers adored Bioware for the work they did on series like Neverwinter Nights and Baldur's Gate. Those were story-driven, tactical games with an emphasis on party mechanics. Dragon Age: Origins proves that Bioware isn't ready to give up their crown anytime soon.
This title cleverly combines the genre's olds-school styles with some modern flare and in my opinion has created one of the most involving and addictive RPGs to date. It's that simple. Before the year's out, you should play this game and come to find out what the fuss is all about.
Killzone 2 -
There's no need to even elaborate on this title, as it is hailed now as the best FPS on PS3. But many won't play the game; don't ask me why, I thought and still think it's one of the best shooters of all time.
Guerrilla Games outdid themselves, bringing to the table one of the most outstanding, graphically stunning, gritty and grabbing FPS titles to date, and only two million folks globally, out of 27 million have experienced it? Gamers can and should do better than that.
You are Cole, a coming of age superhero that must make decisions, everyone of them with consequences. You're overpowered, and so are a lot of your enemies and whether you decide to save the world or bring it to its knees, that's your prerogative.
The game only recently passed the one million sold mark, a shame; being that it's such an awesome title. Don't let 2010 come without you put your hands on this one. inFamous was developed by Sucker Punch and published by Sony.
And there you haven it, many more games you'll never get a chance to play, just make sure those listed here are not among them.
Let us know the ones you plan on getting in the comments below.
12/20/09 Ernice Gilbert